how to pronounce tears


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the above transcription of tears is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

tears is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tears in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… brought tears in my eyes but I went back …”

meanings of tears


  1. Viscous streaks left on the inside of the glass when certain wines are swirled around before tasting.
  2. Plural of tear.


  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tear.

tears frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word tears occurs in english on average 60.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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